Mail art by Thom Courcelle (Rutland, Vermont, USA)
Just when you thought it was safe to figuratively swim in the metaphorical sea again, you – dearest Tenderfoot – discover the Karnival of Trash is not only the greatest show on earth, it is also the longest show on earth. We will leave no networker who sent us work undocumented! We did not necessarily save the best for last, but – as I believe was previously promised – the finale of the KoT will be a spectacle! In other words, documentation will continue but on a less regular basis as new projects are worked into the exciting M-L mix.
Here is a work sent by a bonafide, authentic Legend of Trashpo: Thom Courcelle. Thom is a respected “independent” mail artist in his own right today. But he also holds a special place in the hearts of all those who were present in those early, giddy days of Trashpo and DKult. If contemporary Trashpoets are not as familiar with Thom as they are with the various saints and Kult leaders (such as Lisa Lisa, KDJ and St. Mick), then let this be an opportunity to expand horizons and discover the deeper heritage.
Thom Courcelle was, indeed, part of the core group that defined Trashpo and has earned an important place in its history. That he chose the path of the DharmaDaDa and his own more obscure path to truth is of little importance now. Among Kulters, it is our love that transcends all.
Deepest thanks to Thom Courcelle for adding breadth and depth to the KoT.